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NASA/SpaceX Crew-6 mission in final stages before launch

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NASA/SpaceX Crew-6 mission in final stages before launch

The NASA/SpaceX Crew-6 mission is in the final stages before it’s set to launch early Monday morning with four astronauts onboard. There was a critical pre-launch check accomplished early Friday morning when the main engines of the Falcon 9 rocket that will carry NASA Space Crew-6 in their Crew Dragon craft fired for seven seconds successfully. Also, before the sun rose, the international crew of four carried out a countdown dress rehearsal. “This crew mission is clearly international. And demonstrates more crisply than anything else how international it is because we are going with the Russians, and things are kind of dicey with the Russians right now,” Dale Ketcham, of Space Florida, said. Crew-6 is commanded and piloted by NASA astronauts, but also includes a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates who will make history. He’ll be the first from his county on a long-term space mission to the International Space Station. The ISS is an orbiting lab with hundreds of ongoing experiments kept on track by the rotation of crews. But one experiment going up on Crew-6 is of particular interest and has not been done before. “The experiment to find what kind of bacteria are growing on the outside of the space station. Twenty years ago, we would have said there’s no way life can exist outside the space station,” Ketcham said. A clear understanding of this type of bacteria is critically important as NASA aims for deep space exploration. Not just to know what bacteria is out there, but the impact the bacteria we bring along with us will have on other planets. This and nearly 200 other experiments will be launching at 1:45 a.m. on Monday.Top headlines:Reporter, 9-year-old girl killed in Orlando shooting spree: What we knowDylan Lyons identified as TV reporter killed in Orlando shootingBody cam video shows deputies arrest suspect accused of killing reporter, 9-year-old in Orlando

The NASA/SpaceX Crew-6 mission is in the final stages before it’s set to launch early Monday morning with four astronauts onboard.

There was a critical pre-launch check accomplished early Friday morning when the main engines of the Falcon 9 rocket that will carry NASA Space Crew-6 in their Crew Dragon craft fired for seven seconds successfully.

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Also, before the sun rose, the international crew of four carried out a countdown dress rehearsal.

“This crew mission is clearly international. And demonstrates more crisply than anything else how international it is because we are going with the Russians, and things are kind of dicey with the Russians right now,” Dale Ketcham, of Space Florida, said.

Crew-6 is commanded and piloted by NASA astronauts, but also includes a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates who will make history. He’ll be the first from his county on a long-term space mission to the International Space Station.

The ISS is an orbiting lab with hundreds of ongoing experiments kept on track by the rotation of crews. But one experiment going up on Crew-6 is of particular interest and has not been done before.

“The experiment to find what kind of bacteria are growing on the outside of the space station. Twenty years ago, we would have said there’s no way life can exist outside the space station,” Ketcham said.

A clear understanding of this type of bacteria is critically important as NASA aims for deep space exploration. Not just to know what bacteria is out there, but the impact the bacteria we bring along with us will have on other planets.

This and nearly 200 other experiments will be launching at 1:45 a.m. on Monday.

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